Ferrari 365GT4 2+2/400/412 (1972 – 1989) Review

Ferrari 365GT4 2+2/400/412 (1972 – 1989) At A Glance


+V12 engine works really well with the three-speed automatic, styling is very sharp in a 1970s way

-Relatively low vales (especially for the 400i) combine badly with expensive engine and rebuild costs

This series of Ferraris ended up being the company's longest-ever running model, managing to stay in production for 17 years. It occupied a lone place in the range througout the 1970s and '80s, being the company's only front-engined road car - and the sober-suited styling suited the fact this was a Ferrari for the family man, and was - for the first time - available with an automatic transmission.

The 365s started with a 4.4-litre V12, shared with the Daytona, but this grew to 4.8-litres (for the 400 and 400i) and finally 5.0-litres (for the 412i) in 1986. Quick and fine-handling despite their size, the penalty comes at the pumps, where you can expect 10-12mpg.

Most were fitted with the General Motors-sourced automatic gearbox, and until recently, were unappreciated by the wider Ferrari-loving community. Now, they're desirable again, with the earliest 365s being in most demand, despite the last-of-the-line 412i easily being the best all-rounder. For remaining bargains, head to a 400i.